Dear Haley of the Past,
Don’t let the little things get you down. Life has a crazy way of always working out regardless of what you may think at the moment in time.
Take time to enjoy the time you have with your friends in school…because after you walk across the stage and receive your diploma…life will start to move so quickly, you will miss it if you close your eyes. The people you were friends with in school…you will remain close friends with maybe only a dozen of them after graduation. You will experience heartbreak as your world is shaken with the deaths of Brian, Zach, Serena, Cam, and Jill. Steadfast friends are few and far between, so cherish those people in your life who make a difference.
All good things in life, have a shelf life. While it’s good to take time to carefully consider your options…if you wait to long, life will surely pass you by. While you’re off finding yourself, all those around you that you know and love, will keep moving forward with their lives and you will surely be forgotten amongst the rest of the past.
You will grow up into the strong, independent, smart, driven, and successful young woman everyone knew you could be, but in the process, don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise. Don’t let anyone whether it be family or friends, tell you that you are worthless or won’t amount to anything. These are words from people who seek control. Rise from this pain and forge your own path for success. You will rise and refuse to give those people the satisfaction of knowing they defeated you.
Never lose sight of who you are or what your morals and values are as these are the things that will define you in the end. If everything else in the world fades away, you can take comfort in knowing that you know exactly who you are.
I repeat, never lose sight of who you are. And never forget that music runs through your soul. Never lose the gift of sharing that with the world.
I was one of those kids who was lucky enough to learn Korean when I was little then threw myself into the wonderful world of French class in junior high, high school, and college…Until I realized one day…How many Koreans do you know that speak French? Most people take one look at you and ask “What kind of Asian are you and Can you Speak Asian?” So why confused the masses further with some nonsense such as speaking French…
But then recently my boyfriend showed me this video on YouTube called CommunityChannel and it’s some adorable Asian who’s Australian and my girl friend and her husband are in Australia right now…Or is it New Zealand…Don’t let them find out because I know how they hate to be mistaken..And it forces me to wonder how many Asian’s you meet really rocking thick accents and dialects from other countries.
I mean you get me who ends up on a phone call or in person with some family or friends on the East Coast or the South and then a bottle of wine later…I’ll be spewing out verbal nonsense with a Southern Drawl like it’s 2nd nature…Whatever…
Anyways ladies and germs, that brings me to the topic of tonight. Everyone in the whole entire world has their own language or variations of language that many outside of their country cannot understand. It makes for communication very difficult. As proven by me when working with Chinese clients and I’m trying to explain legal real estate mumbo jumbo…
The one sure fire way of uniting everyone with a universal language, is music. I’ve been blessed with an insane ability to play music: vocals, piano, saxophone, flute…And I’m sure some obscure form of harmonica and spoons…But none the less regardless where you go…You can play music and you can be sure to touch someone’s soul and make them smile.
While I’m a firm believer in hip hop/rap of present to be annoying, drawn out, repetitive, and a complete waste of my time, I still hold out a lot of hope for rock, country, jazz, classical, and etc in which to connect every single person through a series of notes…almost as if every person represented a different note across a staff line. Interesting thought isn’t it? Each piece of music tells a story…a beautiful sweet story, followed by a maelstrom of turbulence, concluding with the clouds clearing after a storm. And it is each person’s story that can be transposed into something that can be shared amongst others…and you wouldn’t have to ever open your mouth to say a single word.
Next time you listen to a song, just close your eyes, listen to the words, the notes, and let it suck you in…get lost in it.
I recently had a conversation with Jeff about how I’m a musician of the classic, ordinary sort…but with the world being so heavy into technology, he has found a way in which to thrust music into the 21st century and make something beautiful, creative, and very futuristic. In case we need a recap…Jeff is a DJ who plays for the radio and at clubs across the West Coast. While wildly modest, I believe him to be extremely talented, gifted, and a musician who has found a way to mix, rebuild, edit, and scratch his way into the future. Taking an art developed years ago and mastering it into something that has created a whole new type of music for today’s generation.
Anyways, that’s my music soapbox schpeel for the evening…Soon to follow with one more deeper heartfelt blog…But in the meantime by friends…
Forge your way into the future…Leave footprints on the hearts of the world through whatever avenue you can create in which to tell your story.
For starters…an intro…I’m a beautiful disaster to say the least…A little off center at times…A master of my own universe…And creator of my own wonderful world…
My name is Haley. I was born in South Korea in 1989…Adopted when I was 4 months old…I suppose the rest is history.
I’m a hopeless romantic…a musician who finds solitude in beautiful melodies and harmonies that play throughout my everyday life. I live a relatively quiet life but believe in painting my life in the various colors of the rainbow…
My life has not been without its share of trials and tribulations but at the risk of sounding cliche or Kelly Clarkson-ish, “Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger?”
I work too much, too hard, for too little. Real estate agent by career, barista by choice, waitress by necessity, and Nightclub Marketing to force me to have fun.
I’m surrounded by 4 of what could be the coolest, furriest, and craziest animals that I suppose remind me to enjoy the little things.
I’m kept honest, grounded, level-headed, and down to earth with the support of someone who I believe to perfectly complement my crazy with his own form of crazy. It is through Jeff that I am reminded to take great appreciation in everything that life has to offer, take interest in every single person, as they have so much to offer and teach us. Together we fight off the ridiculousness of the world with music and all things random, spontaneous, and fueled by music.
Despite disappointment, let downs, and a true test of faith in love, I’ve managed to not drive myself crazy and continue to carry myself in such a way that pushes me to be better, do better, and propel myself through life, making sure I leave behind a footprint that is sure to rock the world with merriment.
Stayed tuned for the random that is sure to infuse into your soul…